The Skool Of Life
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The Skool Of Life

What You Should Have Learned in School But Never Did

About the Book

Many of us go through life scratching our heads, wondering why we can't seem to figure it all out. We to go to school, we get good grades, we get degrees, and somehow none of this leads to the life we want. I'm a byproduct of this kind of an education and it's only after school that I've discovered that there many things we never learned in school. But those things are essential to success in life. This book is simply about the things you should have learned in school but never did.

About the Author

Srinivas Rao
Srinivas Rao

My name is Srinivas Rao. In April 2009, I graduated from the MBA program at Pepperdine University. I always joked that I all I got for my education was pieces of paper that hang on the wall at my parents house, and a bill that shows up every month. So, I decided it was time for a different kind of education and started a blog called The Skool of Life where I write about the things you should have learned in school but never did. Eventually it took on a life of its own.

In February of 2010, as the result of a weekly interiew series that I ran on the Skool of Life, I became the host-co founder of a podcast called BlogcastFM on which I've conducted over 200 interviews with bloggers, authors, entrpreneurs and social media experts. Today the show gets almost 60,000 downloads a month, is 5-star rated in iTunes, and is sponsored by Livefyre. I know more about blogging than I ever cared to know about becase of this.

If you start a conversation with me, I should warn you that it won't be long before I want to talk about surfing (the ocean, not the internet). I have to clarify given the audience I'm dealing with. I'm obsessed with surfing and in 2011 I sold everything I owned and moved to Costa Rica for 6 months just so I could chase waves.

I'm working on a few different projects that will eventually appear here on Lean Pub. The first of those projects is a book based on The Skool of Life. Another one is Stoked for Life: Life Lessons from Surf Sessions.

I LOVE meeting new people and hearing what they're up to, so feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Table of Contents

  • The Script for Success
  • There Are No Grades in the School of Life
  • Redefining What it Means to Learn
  • Anything Worth Doing Requires the Courage to Fail
  • 8 failures that Have Brought me to Where I’m at Today
  • When Life Doesn’t Go According To Plan
  • Your Circumstances Today Don’t Determine What’s Possible Tomorrow
  • Life is Not a Final Exam
  • You Can’t Paint a Masterpiece on a Cluttered Canvas
  • How Labels Destroy Your Potential
  • The Hidden Dangers of Other People’s Expectations
  • The Hidden Power of Positive Expectation
  • Living life Uncluttered
  • What do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
  • Don’t get Caught up in the Ego-Driven Pursuit of a Life that Looks Good on Paper
  • 5 Myths That Help Corporate America to Fuel Its Own Existence
  • 5 Warning Signs That You’re About to End up in a Job You Hate
  • Career Choices and Signs of Success or Failure
  • How Making Too Many Life Plans Limits Your Potential
  • The Saddest Thing in Life is Wasted Potential
  • Chapter 4- Stop Apologizing For Your Crazy Wild Eyed Dreams
  • Forget Realistic and Start Thinking Through the Lens of Possibility
  • The Only Way to Know How Serious You Are About a Goal
  • How to Stay Motivated to Accomplish Your Goal
  • Sometimes You Take Two Steps Back in Order to Take Twenty Forward
  • If You Want to See The Fruits of Your Labor Don’t Dig up The Seeds
  • Chapter 5 Lessons from the PlayGround
  • Lessons from the Scenic Route
  • Settling vs. Settling Down
  • Nature Rewards Our Patience
  • Choose a Life Made up of Experiences Instead of one Made up of Possessions
  • Life’s Biggest Problems are the Biggest Blessings in Disguise
  • Nobody Leaves This World With a Thing in Their Pockets
  • Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary
  • There are no wrong answers
  • Why Conventional Wisdom Yields Convestional Results
  • How Big of a Game Are You Playing?
  • The Point of No Return
  • Remember your True North
  • Education is a Never Ending Journey
  • The Commencent Speech

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